Chapter

The <i>Dictionary</i> takes shape

Susan Rennie

in Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639403
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639403.003.0003
The Dictionary takes shape

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This chapter traces Jamieson’s progress on the Dictionary, from the early compilation in Forfar in the 1780s to the later period in Edinburgh, showing how his initial study of local dialect merged with his concurrent research on Older Scots until the Dictionary began to take shape. It describes Jamieson’s efforts to gather source material for the Dictionary, and discusses the impact which new interest in Older Scots literature had on his compilation.The chapter includes an analysis of two important manuscript sources: Jamieson’s early notes on Pinkerton’s glossary (1786) and the annotations in his copy of Ruddiman (1710), which provide evidence of the early stages of Dictionary compilation.

Keywords: local dialect; Forfar; Edinburgh; John Pinkerton; Grimur Thorkelin; Thomas Ruddiman; compilation

Chapter.  9681 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography

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